EMSA’s Firesafe study focuses on electrical fire as ignition risk and fire extinguishing failure, after consultation with experts from Maritime Administrations and Accident Investigation Bodies. The study showed that approximately 30% of fires on ro-ro passenger ships originate on the vehicle deck and 90% of these, in the cargo being transported.
Roll-on-roll-off vessels and car carriers are twice as likely to catch fire as other ships and vehicle-deck fires are notoriously difficult to contain and put out. Therefore, the North P&I Club has published a new loss prevention briefing on how to prevent, detect and fight fires onboard such vessels.
Marine underwriters have witnessed an increase in the frequency of fires in the car/ro-ro passenger vessel segment. Thus IUMI have put forward recommendations to mitigate the risks.
Engine room fires are one of the most common fires on ships owing to the presence of a wide range of sources of fuel, sources of ignition and running machinery. An extended period of time onboard a ship without a fire incident can lead to complacency and a failure to prioritise fire prevention measures and simulated fire incident practices. Therefore, the UK Club has teamed up with experts in forensic investigation, Burgoynes, to produce the latest Risk Focus on Engine Room Fire.
According to a new report, ship fires pose a threat to maritime safety in Europe with the highest risk on roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) passenger ships . The report concluded that it is very difficult to prevent ship fires and minimising their consequences also poses great challenges.
The European Commission presented the new EU operational guidelines for ships in need of assistance. Work on these guidelines started following the MSC Flaminia incident when a fire broke out on board a German-flagged vessel, which was subsequently left adrift on the high seas for weeks until Germany agreed to allow the stricken ship to enter its territorial waters.
The US Coast Guard has issued a policy letter recommending practices for controlling transient fire load created by passenger baggage in very low fire load (Type 5A) spaces.
CHIRP has received a report regarding a fire breaking out on the open poop deck of a merchant ship
CHIRP has received a report regarding a hazardous occurence related to fire from short circuit
Videotel, has launched an updated five-part series: Fire Fighting At Sea, with the support and expertise from marine fire specialists and industry experts
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